Abe Pledges to Work Hard after Another Hospital Visit

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed on Monday his eagerness to work hard, after visiting Keio University Hospital for another medical checkup, amid concerns over his health.

"I received a detailed description on the results of the medical checkup last week and took a follow-up exam," Abe, 65, told reporters at the prime minister's office after staying about four hours at the Tokyo hospital, from shortly before 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT) to 1:40 p.m. On July 17, he stayed about seven and a half hours at the hospital to undergo a checkup.

"I want to concentrate my energies on work again, while taking care of my health thoroughly," he said.

Abe declined to give a clear answer to a reporter's question about the health checkups and their results, merely saying that he would like to speak on another occasion.

He is expected to explain his health condition at a press conference likely to be held as early as this month on the government's responses against the new coronavirus epidemic, according to people familiar with the matter.

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